Civil War Battle Scene

A wealth of history to absorb in our exhibition rooms

On your visit to Pembroke Castle you can enjoy the exhibition rooms which portray life as it would have been through the many interesting twists and turns in the Castle's history.  

New for 2015:

The Great Map of Wales - This is a unique way to explore Wales and its history.  In the centre of the Castle we have painted Britain's largest piece of artwork which our visitors can walk or run over to discover the location of hundreds of castles, cathedrals and famous Welsh landmarks.  Young and old will enjoy the 1000 sqare metre attraction.  

Meet the Earls of Pembroke - As you explore the castle you will come accross five Earl figures who will tell you their unique story and invite you into their room where an animated projected video will offer you a great insight into the history of each Earl and how they shaped British history.  

Meet the Staff - There are 10 staff members from centuries ago hidden around the castle's inner ward.  As you find each one you can use the Castle's free wifi service to use your smartphone to learn more about their daily lives.


Our exhibitions include:

  • The story of the many Earls of Pembroke and their importance to British and Welsh history, from the Norman Lord Roger de Montgomery who established Pembroke Castle in the 11th Century, the "Greatest Knight" William Marshall who reconstructed Pembroke Castle in Stone and built the Great Keep in the 13th Century, to Jasper Tudor who's nephew Henry VII was born here in the mid 15th Century.  

  • Replica models of Pembroke Castle throughout the different centuries demonstrating how the Castle was constructed and developed into what we see today.  

  • A lifelike medieval banquet being hosted by William de Valence in the mid 13th Century.

  • A tableux depicting the birth of Henry VII in 1457.

  • A dramatic exhibition depicting a bloody battle during the Civil War between Crowell's troops and John Poyers Pembroke Royalists.   

  • The moment the John Poyer discovered his fate following the defeat of his army in 1649. 

  • You can peer down at our Prisoner John Whithorn and learn about the medieval basement dungeon.

  • Finally there is a fascinating exhibition of the history of the Pembroke Yeomanry.  

The exhibitions combine sculpted figures, setwork, mural paintings, graphic panels, lighting and a triggered audio sequence to dramatic effect – all which contribute to a recreation of the most important scenes in the castle’s history.

John Poyer

Above, John Poyer gazes at his fatal, blank sheet which seals his fate following the defeat of his Royalist troops at Pembroke Castle during the Civil War

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